Measure for Measure

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 1

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ISABELLA

No, none, but only a repair i’ the dark;
And that I have possess’d him my most stay
45Can be but brief; for I have made him know
I have a servant comes with me along,
That stays upon me, whose persuasion is
I come about my brother.

ISABELLA

No, none, only a visit in the dark. And I’ve let him know I can only stay a short time, because I told him a servant would be waiting for me, under the pretense that I was coming about my brother.

DUKE VINCENTIO

’Tis well borne up.
50I have not yet made known to Mariana
A word of this. What, ho! within! come forth!

DUKE VINCENTIO

You’ve handled it well. I haven’t told Mariana a word of this yet. Hey, you in there! Come here!
Re-enter MARIANA
MARIANA re-enters.
I pray you, be acquainted with this maid;
She comes to do you good.
(to MARIANA) Please, let me introduce you to this girl. She’s here to help you.

ISABELLA

I do desire the like.

ISABELLA

That’s what I want to do.

DUKE VINCENTIO

55Do you persuade yourself that I respect you?

DUKE VINCENTIO

Do you believe that I’ve got your best interests at heart?

MARIANA

Good friar, I know you do, and have found it.

MARIANA

Good friar, I know you do, and that you’ve found a way to help.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Take, then, this your companion by the hand,
Who hath a story ready for your ear.
I shall attend your leisure: but make haste;
60The vaporous night approaches.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Then take the hand of your new friend, who has a tale to tell you. I’ll wait for you until you’re ready, but hurry— night’s falling.

MARIANA

Will’t please you walk aside?

MARIANA

Will you walk with me?
Exeunt MARIANA and ISABELLA
MARIANA and ISABELLA exit.

DUKE VINCENTIO

O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
Are stuck upon thee: volumes of report
Run with these false and most contrarious quests
65Upon thy doings: thousand escapes of wit
Make thee the father of their idle dreams
And rack thee in their fancies.

DUKE VINCENTIO

Oh, you people of high rank! Millions of treacherous eyes
are fixed on you, accompanied by a mass of hostile rumors that follow everything you do. A thousand imaginations make you the source of their silly fantasies and torture you with their delusions.

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